Eleni Zevgaridou was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. After 28 years in the communication and advertising sector, she turned her full attention to art. In 2010-12, she studied sculpture under Professor Sławomir Andrzej Mieleszko, head of the department of Monumental Sculpture, at the Art Institute of Maria Skłodowska-Curie, University of Lublin, Poland. In 2015, she received a Master’s degree in Fine Art at the University of Lincoln, UK. She is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (http://rbs.org.uk/artists/eleni-zevgaridou).
Eleni works with clay for small and medium size works or raisins and plaster for larger pieces. Lately her practice is focused on figurative sculpture, installations and the theme of identity, engaging also in private commissions. Since her degree in Fine Art she has exhibited in Greece and UK and she is a member of the multinational group of artists “Focus on Identity”.
Eleni’s artistic expression takes a variety of forms, abstract, figurative and narrative. Her works share a fascination about the human factor and individuality. The motivation behind her work includes public engagement, cultural identity & sense of place, poetics of knowledge and cross-disciplinary collaborations.
“I am drawn to intuition, improvisation, intellectual and imaginative inquiry in addition to an on-going pulse registration of the people and the social network. Understanding and mapping factors of identity, communication, cultural values, drive my art making.”
Her investigation is about a complex web of interactions which take place in the process, between agencies which might traditionally be understood as artist, subject, viewer, participant, recipient, audience and object.